Shauna McGowan [VISUAL ART]

Shauna McGowan wolf image from Machi exhibition, shown at Soul Ambition Sofa Sessions #2 and #3


Shauna McGowan

Sofa Sessions #3 & #4

Shauna showed her stunning Machi collection at Soul Ambition Sofa Sessions #3 and #4. I later got to go visit her in the workshop where she taught me how to screen print – I made a book bag with the wolf image above. I’ve also got a postcard of this piece on the wall above my desk in Finland, reminding me of the great talent at home! One of the loveliest, sunniest people I’ve ever met, Shauna’s a huge creative talent and is building a fantastic international profile.


Shauna McGowan is a screen printer, art facilitator and illustrator based in Ireland. She studied Fashion and Textile design and specializes in screen-printing. Her background enables her to illuminate diverse surfaces with her strong graphic drawing skills. Her signature pieces are unique screen prints on leather. She has also studied surface design for leather at the London College of Fashion.

Shauna’s work explores mythological narratives. Personal grief led to the realization that when we pass, we too become myths. Shauna is fascinated by personal histories and the search for permanence in a transient world. Her work examines life, death and grief through a vibrant use of colour and imagery on tactile surfaces. She considers the preservation of mythology to be of fundamental importance; in this rapidly evolving digital world myths and mystery are being eliminated from our lives.

Shauna’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout Ireland, China, Finland, and Brussels, Arizona and most recently in New Zealand at the Art at Wharepuke Gallery. Past exhibitions include a solo show at Ards Arts Centre entitled ‘Machi’, ‘24 Frames Per Second’ at Queens Film Theatre which was a joint exhibition with celebrated illustrator Mark Reihill, ‘Another Dimension’ at the F.E McWilliams Gallery, and ‘Deep Time’ at the Ulster Museum. She has been awarded residencies at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre and Cill Rialaig, County Kerry.

International Fashion Brand Warehouse recently selected Shauna as the ‘Talent Spot Belfast’ winner.

She has also been selected as a participant on the Craft NI ‘Making It’ Programme for 2013-2015.



For further information regarding artwork, commissions and workshops please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing info [at] shaunamcgowan [dot] com.